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1935: Henry Street and the Downtown Skyline

A street level view of Henry Street and Manhattan’s growing skyline. City Hall and the Woolworth Building are visible in the distance.

Henry Street is a street in the Lower East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan that runs one-way eastbound, except for two small two-way segments west of Pike Street and east of Montgomery Street. It spans from Oliver Street in the west, passing underneath the Manhattan Bridge and on to Grand Street in the east. The street is named for Henry Rutgers, a hero of the American Revolutionary War and prominent philanthropist. Rutgers Street, which intersects with Henry Street, is also named for him.

Artist Credit: Berenice Abbott. Reprinted with permission.

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